Author Archives: Diana Farr Louis

Diana Farr Louis was born in the Big Apple but has lived in the Big Olive (Athens, Greece) far longer than she ever lived in the US. She was a member of the first Radcliffe class to receive a degree (in English) from Harvard . . . and went to Greece right after graduation, where she lost her heart to the people and the landscape. She spent the next year in Paris, where she learned to eat and cook at Cordon Bleu, and earned her first $15. for writing—a travel piece for The International Herald Tribune. Ever since, travel and food have been among her favorite occupations and preoccupations. She moved to Greece in 1972, found just the right man, and has since contributed to almost every English-language publication in Athens, particularly The Athens News. That ten-year collaboration resulted in two books, Athens and Beyond, 30 Day Trips and Weekends, and Travels in Northern Greece. Wearing her food hat, by no means a toque, she writes for Greek Gourmet Traveler, The Art of Eating and such websites as Elizabeth Boleman-Herring’s She is the author of two cookbooks, Prospero’s Kitchen, Mediterranean Cooking of the Ionian Islands from Corfu to Kythera (with June Marinos), and Feasting and Fasting in Crete. Author Photo: Petros Ladas

Meetings With Remarkable Women: Thea Halo & Her Mother

“And yet, heartbreaking though Sano Themia Halo’s story, Not Even My Name, could have been, it is not all black or bleak, for she saw much goodness in people and beauty in life.”—Diana Farr Louis Eating Well Is The Best Revenge By Diana Farr Louis ATHENS Greece—(Weekly Hubris)—4/25/2016—How often do you really get to heroes, […]

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Dinner With Erdogan

“Although some friends questioned the wisdom of traveling to Istanbul at a time of such volatility, when bombs seem to go off with disturbing frequency and nowhere is truly safe, I thought how refreshing it was to be able to celebrate something positive for a change.”—Diana Farr Louis Eating Well Is The Best Revenge By […]

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Bringing In The New Year, Greek Style

“For twelve hours we left the ‘crisis’ behind, and revisited the Greece we used to take for granted.”—Diana Farr Louis Eating Well Is The Best Revenge By Diana Farr Louis ATHENS Greece—(Weekly Hubris)—1/25/2016—After the fireworks and bubbly on the Eve and the special family lunch on the Day, January 2nd can be a slide into […]

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The Turkish Connection

“I’ve done lots of the tourist ‘musts’ with exceedingly great pleasure, but each visit reconfirms that the Turks themselves are the pièce de resistance in the Lucullan feast for all the senses that the City represents.” —Diana Farr Louis Eating Well Is The Best Revenge By Diana Farr Louis ATHENS Greece—(Weekly Hubris)—11/23/2015—There are only a […]

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Letter From Athens: The Morning After

“Here on Andros, it has been much easier to focus on a less troubled Greece . . . .  Every day, there is at least one almost miracle to lift the spirits.”—Diana Farr Louis Eating Well Is The Best Revenge By Diana Farr Louis ATHENS & ANDROS Greece—(Weekly Hubris)—10/26/2015—On the day after our third trip […]

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Athens Calling, Summer 2015

“On a personal level, we are all numb. Even younger people are behaving as though they have dementia. We forget the way to familiar destinations, we lose our keys, we mix up words, we are constantly on the verge of tears.” —By Diana Farr Louis Editor’s Note: This heartfelt essay was written from the front […]

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Keeping Angst From The Door: Easter On Andros

“Thank goodness for the weather. It gives us something to talk about besides politics. This Easter—which fell a week later than what Greeks call ‘Catholic Easter’—we tried to get away from what is increasingly looking like our leaders’ determination to commit hara kiri and take the entire nation with them.”—Diana Farr Louis Eating Well Is […]

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Olive Picking On Andros

“Whenever I close my eyes I see olives. We’ve been picking seriously for four days and for a week before that I was selecting the best for eating, begging friends to come and get some too. This was our fat year after two lean ones, where the whole crop ended up as hard little raisins […]

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Crisis Food (Still in Crisis)

  “Athens, where hundreds were dying of starvation on the streets every day in the winter of 1942, may not be the right place to begin. God forbid that such horrors ever occur again. But rural Crete, where some staples could always be scrounged, held some surprising answers.”— Diana Farr Louis Eating Well Is The […]

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The Uncertainty Principle (Certainly Still Relevant)

“It’s this uncertainty that’s demolishing us. If we knew what the year was going to cost, we could perhaps cope, but it’s only February and new surprises arrive every week. January’s pensions looked like they’d been to Weight Watchers, 25 percent lower than the previous doses. When added to earlier cuts and slashes, this means […]

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